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Everybody Wins!

Everybody Wins! is a literacy mentoring program that strives to build literacy skills and a love of reading in elementary school students. This program pairs Kindergarten through third grade students with corporate and community volunteers to share conversation and a love of reading! These consistent, one-on-one experiences increase a child’s opportunity for success, both academically and in life. 
Throughout the year, the students look forward to spending time with their Reading Buddies and benefit from the encouragement of a caring adult and opportunity to read stories together, while mentors enjoy sharing their love of books with their student. Formal evaluations have demonstrated that Everybody Wins! is one of the very few programs to effectively impact low-income students in reading comprehension, motivation, and achievement, as well as overall academic performance, classroom behavior, self-confidence, and social skills. 
This year, we have matched nearly 200 students at Pittsburgh Faison in Homewood, Pittsburgh Allegheny in the North Side, Pittsburgh Arlington in the South Side, and Pittsburgh Weil in the Hill District with volunteer reading mentors! 
RIF Readers, our newest initiative, has all the benefits of our in school model but RIF Readers’ corporate model takes this notion a step further, forging positive relationships that bridge the historically different economic, social and educational worlds of children from struggling neighborhoods, and adults who’ve achieved a professional success outside the realm of most of these children’s families and neighbors. These relationships go beyond helping children learn to read, providing them with resources, opportunities, and motivation to envision a better future for themselves through education.
The program launched in 2017 at Eckert Seamans headquarters in the US Steel Building serving 22 second graders from Manchester Charter School on the Northside. Last year the program grew to 62 children with Eckert adding a second class and PNC bringing 20 preschoolers from Training Wheels Childcare Center to PNC Tower corporate offices. This year we have added two more corporate partners, UPMC and Duquesne light and plan to serve over 100 children! 
Interested in learning more about this unique opportunity? Visit our volunteers page!